Marshall, Texas, authorities investigating fatal shooting

Police find victim partially in vehicle; two other people were sitting next to dumpster when officers arrived
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Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 1:18 PM CDT
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MARSHALL, Texas (KSLA) — Marshall, Texas, police responded to a fatal shooting at the Wendy’s on East End Boulevard North on Sunday, May 9 just after midnight.

Officers arriving on the scene found a sedan with the front passenger door open located near the dumpster. One person was partially in the vehicle and two other people were sitting next to the dumpster.

The man inside the vehicle — identified as 30-year-old Julius Smith, of Marshall — had a gunshot wound to his head and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered.

“I’ve never seen anything like that, especially this close,” said Billy Reeves, who owns a nearby business. “I’ve heard of things happening in town, but homicide is something I don’t think you run across that often here.”

Just Smoke owner Octavio Velasco agreed that the incident is unusual for the area.

“I know it always happens at the homes and parks over there, but never over here in this area, where it’s busy and there’s traffic. It is kind of scary. They’re starting to get more bold.”

Velasco said he is considering adding more surveillance to protect his employees. “I’m just concerned over somebody being here, someone getting hurt over here, too. It’s just crazy.”

No arrest has been made.

The other two occupants of the vehicle are cooperating with investigators.

This investigation is ongoing and detectives are following possible leads and reviewing evidence. When KSLA asked if officers were investigating the incident as a homicide, the department would not clarify.

Anyone with additional information about this case is urged to call Sgt. Kenny Phillips at (903) 935-4543.

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